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Barack Obama condemned Donald Trump without addressing him by name and Republicans for what he described as their divisive policies

With opinion polls showing dozens of tight US congressional and gubernatorial races in Tuesday's election, the current and former presidents said the results would determine what kind of country Americans live in for the next two years.

Opinion polls and election forecasters have made Democrats favourites on Tuesday to pick up the 23 seats they need to capture a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would enable them to stymie Trump's legislative agenda and investigate his administration.

All 435 seats in the lower chamber House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 upper chamber Senate seats will be at stake.

The mid-terms will decide which party will control the two houses of Congress. A conspiracy theory has also been put out that Jewish billionaire George Soros, a philanthropist and Democrat supporter, has facilitated the caravan to arrive in the United States and this theory has not only Trump's stamp of approval, but also widespread acceptance. Congressional investigations and potential impeachment proceedings, even though nominal, would likely use up significant bandwidth while a growing number of Democrats and even Republicans are likely to attempt reducing Presidential power in dealing with trade. He added: "The Democrat agenda is a socialist nightmare".

"This first midterm, at this check-in moment, to have these different forces converge in different ways, to have the different loud landscape for the House and the Senate".

Appearing before thousands in an overflowing aircraft hangar in Macon for Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, Trump declared, "There's electricity in the air like I haven't seen since '16".

What makes it even more hard for the Democrats is the majority of the seats in these states were overwhelmingly in favour of Trump in 2016. On such issues, there's a open question in various political circles about how many voters will cast their ballots to hold a referendum on how Trump and the GOP have governed the country over the last two years.

Given Trump's stunning victory in 2016, few were confident in their predictions.

Republicans control the House and the Senate as well as the presidency, giving them total law-making power in Washington DC.

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FILE - People stand cast their ballots ahead of the November 6 election at Jim Miller Park, in Marietta, Ga., Oct. 27, 2018.

The president asserted that if Democrats win, they will work to roll back everything he's tried to accomplish during his first two years as president. "It's an awakening of the Democratic Party".

If Democrats prevail in the House, as polls and pundits predict, their ability to avoid getting bogged down in national debates over Trump, or his incendiary rhetoric, may have played a large part.

"This is not what we expected the final weeks of the election to focus on". The true test, though, will be if Democrats can garner enough support for voters to show up at the polls. Young voters promised to vote in record numbers as they waged mass protests in the wake of the February mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 17 students and staff dead.

But Democratic former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail in the election's final days to challenge Trump, questioning his policies and character. Polling suggests the Republican coalition is increasingly older, whiter, more male and less likely to have a college degree.

Handel, elected in a special election previous year, is facing headwinds from a gubernatorial contest that is energizing Democrats in her north Atlanta district.

She would be the first woman and first black person elected governor of Georgia, and she would be the first black woman to govern any state in the US. "They've really become radicalised".

"You want to see Georgia prosperity end?" The demographic shifts also reflect each party's closing argument.

The US president has framed migrant caravans approaching through Central America as an existential crisis for country, calling it an "invasion" and dispatching more than 5,000 soldiers to the border.

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